May 17, 2012 · 12:01 am
Having worked in communities big and small across the continent, we’ve had ample opportunity to test ideas and find approaches that work best. Urban design details. Outreach tactics. Implementation tricks. Many of these lessons are transferable, which is why we’ve created “Back of the Envelope,” a weekly feature where we jot ’em down for your consideration.
For those looking to expand public engagement and collaborative process at the community level, this week presents a curious convergence of news and ideas. Setting the stage was CNU20’s “Charrettes and the Next Generation of Public Involvement,” an afternoon breakout session exploring a fairly provocative (for New Urbanists) question: In this era of limited resources, is the traditional charrette still a viable model of engagement and collaborative design and, if not, can it be retooled for relevance?
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Filed under Back of the Envelope, Public Engagement, Sales and Marketing
Tagged as Andres Duany, charrette, CNU 20, Eliza Harris, Facebook ads, Generation Y, Gianni Longo, Millennials, Public Engagement, public process, Scott Doyon, Tactical Urbanism
May 14, 2012 · 9:22 am
The Congress for the New Urbanism’s annual convergence of giganto ideas and fine-grained pragmatism wrapped Saturday night with a party in a bar. The four days in West Palm Beach, Florida, marked the 20th anniversary of such gatherings, most of which also involved spill-over debates in venues with liquor licenses.
As usual, the CNU20 agenda was packed with passion and ambition, with a smidgeon of apocalyptic visioning to dampen out-of-control hopefulness. So what’s on the minds of the NU designers, planners and fellow travelers these days?
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Filed under Development, News, Planning and Design, Theory and Practice
Tagged as Andres Duany, Anthony Flint, Ben Brown, cnu, CNU 20, congress for the new urbanism, Dan Solomon, Eliza Harris, First + Main, Gianni Longo, James Howard Kunstler, Leon Krier, Lincoln Institute, Scott Doyon